The following is from an editorial by WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon, in Toledo, Ohio:
"The plight of the homeless in Toledo is receiving a lot of attention.
Sadly, homeless people are a fact of life. There is no simple or obvious fix. Minus that, it is essential for a society to be compassionate and responsive when necessary. That requires money. When the answer is there is no money for covering the most basic of human needs, it is hard to accept.
The historical waste baked into municipal budgets is too obvious to deny. Humanity is too vital to ignore. We must figure this out."
Homelessness is an issue all across the nation, and cities everywhere deal with it in a variety of ways. Many actually find ways to hide the homeless from the general public, and whatever shelter is provided comes with so many strings attached that many are no doubt left feeling less than human.
The problems faced by the homeless, and the communities struggling to find ways to cope with them are exacerbated by the economic downturn that has yet to trickle on down to the less fortunate.
Not turning the other way and opening up a dialogue is the only way to make any progress in meeting the needs of the homeless community.
As WTOL is my area's local news network, I'd like to commend Mr.Chirdon for calling attention the issue of homelessness, and opening up a dialogue. Winter is fast approaching, and there's much to do.
Does your community have a great program for the homeless? I hope you'll share in the comments. Thank-you!